Escape the Morning by Poul Anderson

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. "Escape the Morning" posits that there will be ice water on the moon that could be mined to supply lunar colonies. In 1997, ice water was actually found on the moon. How was it found? Who found it? Why is it important that there be ice water on the moon?

2. In "Escape the Morning," petroleum has been discovered on the moon and is used to make rocket fuel. Anderson's explanation for the existence of petroleum on the moon is based on a longstanding theory about how petroleum could have been formed out of the dust cloud that coalesced into the planets and their satellites. What is this theory? Where does it suggest petroleum could be found in the solar system?

3. Anderson tells us that "even the best glass is fragile and a poor radiation shield." What materials instead of glass could be used to make windows and still be safe for use on the moon? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these materials?

4. The matter of exploiting the moon's resources is an important one. In "Escape the...

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